Unbelievable! Here’s the inspiring story of a primary school teacher on the verge of bagging a PhD! 

Here is the inspiring story of Imam Keshinro Rasheed Ayodele, a young man happily married with kids who has decided to leave an indelible mark in the lives of more kids.  


Tell us about your academic background and achievements

I had my NCE in 1998 at the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, B.Ed in 2005 at the University of Ibadan, M.Ed at University of Ibadan in 2011 and PhD in view.

What professional services do you engage in apart from teaching ?

Educational consultancy, Islamic propagation and Research works. 


What are the challenges you face as a teacher?

Teaching is so interesting but challenges been faced includes “Dealing with various levels of learners (primary school) at times”, “Writing of lesson note which is time-consuming”.

What are the challenges you face in rendering your professional services?

In my Educational consultancy, I sometimes do the consultation for free or at a token for friends & colleagues

What is your inspiration?

What inspires me in any action or step is the Intrinsic motivation to do that thing.


What have you learnt that you think every forward-looking young person should know?

Public speaking. 

What aspect of your educational backgroundhas helped you the most in your experience as a teacher? 

My N.C.E. 


What would you describe as your secret formula for success?

No secret formula other than contentment and Hope in God. 

Who do you admire the most & why?

My dad; he did everything to nurture and He did strive to make sure that His children succeed in life.

What would you consider your greatest achievement?

Having a PhD. 

How do you define success?

Success is achieving your set goals and objectives with patience.

What are your future plans?

Becoming a reputable Professor and a reputable Islamic Scholar

What kind of legacy do you want to leave?

Trustworthiness, Transparency and Selflessness.

Do you have any admonition for young/ aspiring youths or teachers?

Yes. Teaching is a highly rewarding and prestigious career. Being a teacher does not mean you will end up in primary or secondary schools. Just aim high, attain higher qualification and push yourself to the position of a lecturer.

To what extent do you think Nigerian youths are creative?

Creativity starts from childhood, imagine a child building a house with sand alongside various designs. Nigerian youths are highly creative. It appears everywhere, in the music industry, in Arts, Theatre, Engineering etc.

How has teaching improved your life?


It has surely improved my life through daily and regular updating of knowledge and to God be all praises,  I’m about to complete my PhD though still teaching in a primary school.


How can a Nigerian youth discover his talent or develop his creative side?

Discovering a talent is discovering your ability to easily do what others find difficult while also deriving pleasure through it.

Creativity is bringing out new things or ideas. For youths to develop their creative tendency, it requires determination and commitment. 


How do you hope to empower Nigerian youths in the future?

Empowering Nigerian youths? This requires certain resources; (Finance) to be precise. It is my vision to give motivational speeches to youths thereby using my counselling skills, making them realise they can make Nigeria great and be good ambassadors of their family and nation.

A million thanks to you for hosting us. Thank you. 

Interview by: Projectile Odeyemi Qawiy Bamidele (Bamson)

Published by Ogunbowale Olugbenga

Ogunbowale Olugbenga is a multiple award winning social entrepreneur & digital skills expert. An alumnus of the Leadership in Business Institute of Kellogg School of Management (USA), He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria). Inspired by the plight of millions of unemployed youths, Olugbenga founded Epower.ng, a digital agency passionately growing businesses & accelerating the application of digital skills for economic prosperity across Africa. To help institutions prevent scandals & promote performance, Gbenga founded Polivoice.Work, an anonymous employee feedback tool that captures & analyses feedback anonymously in real time to detect, predict & improve work place conditions. A Mandela Washington Fellow, Tony Elumelu Fellow, Royal Common wealth society fellow, YALI star of business & YALI network influencer, Olugbenga is the founder of Africa’s biggest orphanage outreach, The Orphan Empowerment Society, with a 5,000 strong volunteer force and a presence in 19 African countries empowering thousands of orphans with free vocational skills, medical care, & food. He is also the co-founder of the communication & leadership organization, Pacesetters Leadership Club.

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